Arriving for Your Birth
Where to ParkLabor and Delivery is located on the 3rd floor. Moms arriving for labor during daytime hours (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) can be dropped off at the main entrance. Family should park in the parking garage or use valet parking at main entrance. If arriving during the night (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.), you should park and enter through the emergency department entrance.
Where to Check In
Families should check in at the Labor and Delivery desk on the third floor. If after hours, look for the sign on main desk. A number will be provided to call for access into the secure unit.
Paperwork at Check-In
Even if you have preregistered, you will need to check in at the registration desk. After some paperwork and depending on your situation. You will be escorted to a room.
What to Bring With You to Labor and Delivery
When packing a labor bag include your photo ID, insurance information and any items you want to occupy your time during labor. You do not need to bring your luggage or car seat to the labor room.
Your Labor and Deliver Room
We are here to help you have the birth experience that best fits your wishes and needs.
Your Labor Room
Our modern and spacious labor and delivery suites provide a private and comforting environment for you and your family. Each room includes:
- Flat-screen TV
- Sleeper sofa for a support person
- Free internet access
- Spacious shower for comfort during labor
- Aromatherapy patches, available upon request
Labor Support Tools
Texas Health Frisco has patient controlled nitrous oxide, birthing balls and labor bars for use during labor and invites you to bring other labor-support tools. When you arrive at Labor and Delivery, please notify your nurse if you would like to use one of them.
Make Yourself at Home
This is your birth experience and we want you to be comfortable. Feel free to bring labor support tools, your own birth gown, music players, blankets, pillows, etc.
If you have a birth plan, please share it with your nurse when you arrive at your labor room. You do not have to create one. We will try to follow your wishes as long as they do not interfere with the health and safety of you or the baby.
Visitors During Labor and Birth
Our family-centered approach to maternity care embraces the important role of the whole family — mother, father, siblings and grandparents — in the birth of your child.
Visitors During Labor
Our flexible visitation policy allows you to determine who visits and when. You may decide who you want to be present for the birth, although we request that an adult other than your support person accompany any children.
Visitors During the Birth
For the security of patients and staff, be mindful of the following guidelines:
- You may determine who may be present during your vaginal birth.
- Only one visitor may be in the operating room during a cesarean.
- All visiting siblings and other children must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient in labor.
If You Want Visitors Limited
Tell your nurse if you would like to limit the visitors to your room.
Comfortable seating and phone charging stations are available in the waiting room outside of Labor and Delivery. Texas Health Frisco also has the following options for refreshments:
- Complimentary coffee, tea and snack bar in the labor and delivery unit
- 24/7 fresh market located in the 3rd floor waiting area
- Café and coffee shop in the main lobby on the first floor
Gift shop in the main lobby on the first floor
Filming and Photography
Documenting this special occasion is important for many of our families. Cameras are allowed with the following conditions:
- Your medical provider and any nurses or other providers in the room must consent to the video or photography. The individual recording the birth must sign the hospital’s Photographer/Videographer Agreement.
- Video or photography can begin only when allowed by the physician or hospital staff.
- The individual must obtain permission to photograph or videotape any hospital staff before doing so.
- Only hand-held devices are allowed in Labor and Delivery (no tripods).
Please note that the physician or nurse may require the individual to stop photographing or videotaping at any time.
Pain Management Options
There is no medical “best choice” for managing pain during labor. Everyone has different pain thresholds. Instead, it’s a question of what makes the most sense for you and your partner.
Pain Management Options at Texas Health Frisco
If you find that you want additional pain management during labor, the options available at Texas Health Frisco include:
- IV medication
- Nitrous oxide
- Aromatherapy patches
Scheduled Cesarean Births
Before Your Birth
If you are having a scheduled cesarean at Texas Health Frisco, please remember the following:
- Please do not eat or drink at least eight hours before the procedure or the procedure may be rescheduled, possibly to another day
- After check-in, you will be prepared approximately two hours prior to the procedure. While visitors are allowed, you will be occupied with tests.
Scheduled Cesarean Births
When you arrive, tell the admissions staff you are there for a scheduled procedure. You will be taken to a cesarean prep room, where you will remain for approximately two hours. During this time, the nurses will monitor the baby and check your vitals and you will receive an epidural. Before the surgery, your support partner will be taken to change into scrubs. They may take a camera or cell phone into the operating room. You will be wheeled to the operating room and your partner will meet you there.
In the operating room will be two physicians, a nurse and an anesthesiologist. One adult may be present in the operating room for the surgery unless there are any safety concerns.
Gentle Cesarean Births
For expectant moms who need a cesarean, Texas Health Frisco offers a family-center cesarean, called a gentle cesarean. In a gentle cesarean, the standard blue drape can be replaced with a clear drape. With the clear drape in place, the family can watch the baby being born from the mother’s womb, similar to a mother being able to see the birth during a vaginal delivery. If you are interested in this type of experience, please discuss it with your physician.
What to Expect During and After
Typically, you will be in the operating room for about one hour. After the surgery you will be moved to a recovery room with your baby and support person. If there are no safety concerns, you will have skin-to-skin time with your new baby to establish the first feeding.
After Your Birth
Skin to Skin
As soon as possible after birth, nurses will place your baby skin to skin for at least an hour to allow time for the first feeding. Skin-to-skin time helps your newborn stay warm, stabilizes blood-sugar levels and is considered good for all babies.
The Golden Hour
The first hour after birth is called the golden hour, when we encourage only mom, baby and one support person in the room to promote rest and relaxation.
Baby’s First Examination
Your newborn will be examined by a nurse in your room, which will encourage your family to be part of the baby’s first exam and measurement.
Your Pediatrician is Notified
Your pediatrician will be notified about your birth. If you do not have a preselected pediatrician or one with privileges at the hospital, your baby will be seen by the on-call pediatrician.
Transition to Your Hospital Room
You and your baby will remain in Labor and Delivery for approximately one to two hours before being moved to one of our spacious, two-room postpartum suites where you will stay for the rest of your visit.
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Mom’s Recovery: What to Expect
How Long You Will You Stay
Typically, you will be discharged between 24 and 48 hours after a vaginal delivery. For a cesarean, you will can be discharged between 48 and 72 hours after surgery. Exceptions exist for shorter and longer hospital stays, if desired or needed. Talk with your nurse about when you hope to be discharged.
Get Up and Walk
Within six hours of your birth, your nurse will help you get out of bed to walk around. Walking will improve your circulation and prevent blood clots.
Pain Management During Your Stay
We encourage you to be proactive about your pain management while you are at Texas Health Frisco. If you experience discomfort, please tell your nurse as soon as possible. Your nurse will discuss options for safely reducing your pain.
You Will Be Visited Hourly
Your nurse or a care assistant will regularly come by to check on you. If you would like less frequent visitations, just let the nurse know.
When Mom Can EatAfter an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, a mom can eat as soon as she desires. Following a cesarean, a nurse will offer liquids and within six hours, you will be eating regular food.
Baby’s Hospital Stay: What to Expect
Baby’s Screenings and Procedures
During your hospital stay, your baby will be examined by a pediatrician every day. If your pediatrician has privileges at the hospital, they or someone from their practice, will visit you daily. If your pediatrician is not on the medical staff, you will be visited by an on-call pediatrician. In additional, your newborn will have several tests that may include:
- Blood screen (age 24 hours)
- Hearing screen
- Heart screen (age 24 hours)
- Car-seat screen (when applicable)
Circumcision for a boy infant may be completed during the hospital stay, if desired. In most cases, your baby is returned to you within an hour of the procedure.
Where Baby Will StayTexas Health Frisco works to minimize separation of moms and babies. We encourage moms to keep their babies in their hospital rooms (including nighttime), a practice called rooming-in. Even the baby's evaluations and examinations may take place in mom's rooms. Moms also have an opportunity to learn their babies’ cues with hospital personnel nearby to answer questions and offer education. With support and guidance from experienced nurses, parents gain the skills needed to confidently care for their babies, in the comfort of their hospital rooms.
Your Mother and Baby Room
The Mother Baby unit is as warm and inviting as are the family and friends that surround you.
Location and Parking
When visiting a patient in Mother Baby, you can park in front of the hospital or in the parking garage. For safety reasons, after 10 p.m. the only entrance open to the public will be through the emergency room. Valet parking is also available for a fee.
What’s In Your Room
Texas Health Frisco has 22 spacious two-room mother-baby suites for families to comfortably stay after the birth of their baby. Rooms include
- A separate sitting or sleeping area with a pull-out couch for a support person
- Two flat screen TVs
- A mini refrigerator
- Free internet access
- Free on-demand movies
Visitors and Quiet Time
Visiting hours are from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m., however the Postpartum unit has Quiet Time daily from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to give parents a time to rest and bond with their babies. During this time the hall lights are dimmed, and there will be no unnecessary interruptions by staff, however, nurses and physicians will still enter as needed. We encourage you not to have visitors during quiet time so that you can rest.
Celebration Meal and Dining
To celebrate the arrival of your baby, Texas Health Frisco offers a gourmet celebratory meal for the parents to enjoy during their stay. After delivery, mom will receive a menu to select the celebratory meal for herself and her guest.
Room Service Dining
Moms can order Gourmet Café room service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week
There is a Fresh Market on the third floor of that offers quick self-serve food items 24 hours a day. There is also a café on the first floor.
Birth Certificate and Social Security
During your hospital stay, a coordinator will contact you to complete the necessary paperwork to record your baby’s birth. You will be given documentation that can be sent to your insurance company.
Texas Health does not keep a copy of the birth certificate or Social Security information.
During your hospital stay, your nurse will be the primary contact for breastfeeding education. Lactation consultants are also available five days a week to provide one-on-one assistance in the privacy of your room. In addition, a monthly breastfeeding class is held in the hospital.
Before You Go Home
Even if your doctor declares that you are ready to go home, there is still a process that needs to be completed for your safety and security.
Things to Discuss with Your Family
Are you ready and do you have the things you need before going home? Discuss these questions with your family (If you have questions or concerns, please talk with your nurse):
- When do I think I will be going home (day and time)?
- How am I getting home?
- Who will help me at home?
- Do I have the supplies I need?
Steps that Happen on Discharge Day
Before you go home, the following must be completed:
- Your baby’s heart screening and newborn screening test were completed at age 24 hours
- Your OB/GYN has visited and said you can go home
- The pediatrician has visited and said your baby can go home
- Your newborn’s hearing check is completed
- Your prescriptions have been ordered or sent to your pharmacy
- You have reviewed your medications with a nurse
Take Home Meal
To make the transition from hospital to home a little easier on mom and dad, Texas Health Frisco provides a take-home meal to families on your discharge day.
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